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I have a reddy 55......it comes on for about a minute then shuts off....it had a thermostat but that has been bypassed.

It's kerosene.

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There is a cad cell that see's a flame or operates the shut down circuit. Try cleaning the cad cell.
Dennis

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

  • dylanreedtay
    dylanreedtay Nov 07, 2012

    Alright I cleaned it but for some weird reason it will only run with the top cover off.....I'm assuming that photo cell is going bad and that the extra light it's receiving from not having the cover on is keeping it running. What do you think?

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    motherlode_p Dec 23, 2012

    I just went through mine, and make sure the filter is clean, and the line going from fan to the ignition point is clear. Chances are that it's still the fuel line pick up. It's under the side plate that comes off with 4 5 /16 screws. There's a rubber plunger that goes into the gas tank the fuel line goes into, a flat head screw driver will pop it out and it pulls straight up. Bottom of that tube is a filter that gets pluged. Reason it works with cover off is the fuel delivery balances out more with the air intake change.

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Your description does not leave much to go on, because you don’t state the model heater that you have. You see, there are 2 different technologies that come into play on portable kerosene heaters. First there is the older version spark plug type heater, and, second there is the newer computerized type with Hot Surface Ignitor (HSI) technology.

Since you state "There is no electricity getting to the plug", the KEYWORD here is PLUG. I am going to assume that you have a spark plug type heater. NOTICE: if your heater has HSI technology- disregard this post because it will not apply.

Causes for "no electricity to the plug":

  1. no electricity to the unit
  2. a defective Safety Control (reset)
  3. a defective photocell
  4. a defective Ignition Control (transformer)
  5. loss of ground to the Ignition Control

I am including a link to some troubleshooting tips for spark plug type heaters. These heaters are relatively simple, but, be careful. Stay away from the fan and take precautions from the obvious shock hazards. Troubleshoot each of the above until you find the problem.

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Here is a link to your owner's manual... http://12.153.20.74/manuals/123919-01A.PDF. Look on page 8 and 10. It could be several things. It could only be a dirty fuel filter or the pump pressure may just need adjustment. If you need a part you can contact Master Parts at 800-466-1446 or you can find them on-line at www.masterparts.net. I hope this helps!

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When you say that the fan starts then stops I assume you also mean that the burner starts and stops. If this is correct and the unit is more than a couple of years old you probably need to change the filter in the back and set the pump pressure. Both the filters and the gauges to set the pressure can be found at www.reddyheat.com along with a good explanation as to why you need the gauges. The pressure is set by bleed air pressure and must be exactly 3.5 psig. The gauge is the only accurate way to do it. The filters clog and change the pressure. When the difference is enough the unit will not run. Now with that said there are several other things which you should check. Check the fuel tank for water. Remove any you find. Remove the cover on the right side as you look at the unit from the front and remove the circuit board. Check for cracked connections. If you find any resolder them and reattach the board. That should take care of the unit and get you back to making heat. Let me know if you need anything else.

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